Readers’ Choice: Best Recipes of 2013


I look forward to this post every year.  Its an opportunity for me to reflect on my posts during the last year and see where I’ve come and what I’ve accomplished personally too.  These are the top 10 posts viewed on Foodie McBooty during 2013 (for whatever reason).

10.  Anne Burrell’s Spaghetti and Meatballs – Always a household favorite!  Anne Burrell’s meatball recipe is my go-to recipe for meatballs.

9.   How to Bake a Sweet Potato – These aren’t like the canned yams you may have grown up with.  These baked sweet potatoes have a perfectly soft inside and a tender, edible skin.  So yummy you won’t even need any added sweeteners.

8.   Apple Dumplings From Scratch – Sometimes things are better when you make them yourself.  These apple dumplings are a prime example!  Whoever you make these for will truly appreciate the time and love you put into these dumplings.  I know I would!

7.   Fresh Artichoke Spinach Dip {From Real Artichokes} – For whatever reason, this recipe still tops the charts (two years in a row!)  I concluded that making Artichoke/Spinach Dip from scratch really isn’t worth it, but I guess others were wondering if fresh artichokes made a better dip too –  just like I had!

6.   Perfect Pulled Pork – This is a recipe I am very proud of.  Being an apartment dweller now for (too many) years, I’ve learned that even though I can’t own a smoker, I am still able to create a smokey, completely pull-apart tender, pork shoulder.  Perfect for sandwiches or tacos or whatever else your pork-loving heart desires!

5.   {Copycat Recipe} Taco Bell’s Cantina Bowl – 2013 was a great year for Taco Bell.  Why?  Because they created the absolutely addicting Cantina Bowl!  Being fast food and all, I wanted to make a version of this at home so I knew exactly what I was eating (because you never really know these days). This is my version and it’s not half bad!

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4.   Juicy, Thick-Cut Pork Chops – Because pork chops can be really tough to cook, here is my recipe for juicy chops!  The trick?  Purchase thicker cut chops.  You’ll have better luck with them not drying out.  You can always throw a runny egg on it too.  That’s what we like to do anyway!

3.   Lemon Chicken with Artichokes – I think you could add lemon and artichokes to anything and I would eat it.  Even a shoe.  Okay, don’t do that, but do try this recipe!  This one pan meal is packed with freshness from the lemon and artichokes and protein from the chicken.  Winner, winner, lemon chicken with artichoke dinner!

2.  Cauliflower Crust Pizza {Vegan and Paleo} – Simple, nourishing and satisfying… even if you are aren’t Vegan or Paleo.  But if you ARE Vegan or Paleo, this is a great pizza crust to use when you’re craving something bad for you.  The crust crisps up perfectly, just like regular pizza crust.  It’s a great, healthier alternative to any of your homemade pizzas!

1.   Melt in Your Mouth Tri-Tip Pot Roast – And the numero uno post of 2013 was my Tri-Tip Pot Roast recipe.  This recipe was inspired by my favorite butcher in the area.  It’s amazing what inspiration you can get from a quality product and even better service.  Boom… let this meal fill your belly and warm your bones!


Enjoy and have a blessed new year!  I hope your 2014 is full of hope, love and lots of delicious food!

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